As per my other reviews I'm going to try and help filter out the rather odd (in my opinion) comments that appear on Trip Advisor about this hotel. We've been wanting to go to Santorini for two years and booked Andromeda Villas nearly a year ago, so plenty of planning went into our hotel choice.
So starting with the obvious, I'm presuming that you're aware of where Imerovigli is - 1000ft above sea level - and I'm presuming that you're looking at this hotel for all the same reasons that we did, the famous white paths, blue tops, unbelievable views and stunning sunsets. If you want to experience Santorini for these reasons then Andromedia Villas is a great base for a great holiday and yes, there are stairs. It took us 2-3 days to work out the best way from the bottom to the top and back again with the help of the lifts on some lazy days - all part of the fun though. I'm also presuming that you are aware that Greece is a very minimalistic place - white on the outside, white on the inside, minimal furniture and decor etc. so bear this in mind and bear in mind that there are plenty of hotels to choose from along the Caldera ALL offering the views and all offering similar levels of comfort. You get what you pay for and after reading some of the reviews/complaints my first choice of hotel was the Honeymoon Villas but this added £400 to the cost of the holiday. We walked past it twice, it looked great but it didn't look to offer anything else that Andromeda did - so we saved alot of money (which you'll need - Santorini IS an expensive place to play).
Into alittle more detail about Andromeda Villas - some people complained about the internet and wifi. I can't comment as I don't go on holiday to surf the net. Some people complained about the tv channels or the tv not working - again, I don't go on holiday to watch tv. Although I did find Jamie Oliver cooking one afternoon and Rocky boxing one evening. A few people have recently complained about a strange smell. We were there the same week and unless we need to go to see a doctor, we have no idea what they are on about.
We were greeted at the top of the stairs by Lydia who checked us all in quickly and asked us to wait by the pool by where there was a complimentary fresh juice waiting. She then introduced the hotel and it's facilities before taking us to our room. A nice way to start a great holiday.
We booked a superior room. Again, after reading some reviews, I tried to upgrade to a suite before arriving but they were full - it didn't matter though. Our room (32, just above the restaurant and pool) was great. A decent size, fresh, and clean but yes, very minamalistic. The fridge and aircon seemed fine, the bed was huge and comfy and the bathroom a decent size. There aren't really any stand up showers in Santorini but it wasn't difficult to stand up in the bath and shower down. The room was cleaned daily to our satisfaction by a very smiley lady.
There are three small very clean pools - the main one and two splash pools (the bottom one allowing for some fantastic infinity pool photos). The top one was more breezy which was perfect for me as it didn't feel too hot. All of the public areas were very clean. The pool bar was sometimes unmanned - be aware of (and slow down to) their way/speed of life and stop complaining about a five minute wait for pool towels. You're on holiday, what's the rush? The snacks and drinks from here were very nice and they offer tasters, melon, pizza to sunbathers during the morning - another nice touch. The food seemed resonably priced too, not at first but after a trip to Fira, there are many more expensive places to eat.
We were on a B&B basis and did go down the restaurant for breakfast each day. My partner thought the fresh fruit and croissants were great. I opted for the warmer breakfast and unfortunately this wasn't that - bacon and sausages, eggs and veg(!?!) all seemed cold each day. Saying that, we both ate enough to keep us going every day.
I'm happy to go into more detail if you want to contact me but I'd prefer you to book here and go and enjoy this hotel and Santorini. Say hi to Lydia from us, she was fantasic at helping us organise our holiday. Find the middle path and walk to Fira in the evening (taxi back is 6 euros) and choose a different restaurant each time. 2x starters, 2x mains plus 1x desert and a bottle of wine ranged from 40 - 90 euros. Every meal was absolutely fanastic so hunt around and you can either budget or splash out without worry. The house wines are all great too (be prepared to pay 30+ euros for any other bottles).
The path to Skaros Rock is a stones throw away and the little church around the back is picture postcard perfect. Take plenty of water, the walk out to the rock is a trek (and I thought I was fit). My final tip is to not bother going to Oia for the sunset; after the peace and quiet of watching it from our balcony, a caldera restaurant or from the sunset cruise ship, Oia really is a rat race of tourists pushing and shoving to get the best spots.... Andomeda Villas equals the best spot.
My official rating of this GREEK hotel is 3.5 stars. The breakfast lost Andromeda Villas some points and the pool/bar men really needed to smile alittle more (like the three lady managers). For what we paid we were EXTREMELY happy with our choice in the end. If we won a few quid on the lottery we would go back to Santorini and we honestly would go back to the Andromeda Villas.
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- Also Known As:
- Andromeda Villas Hotel Imerovigli
- Andromeda Villas Santorini/Imerovigli